Dustin May put on quite a show on Friday night throwing 5 no hit innings against the Giants before exiting the mound after 69 pitches. It was his 5th start this season and he now improves his ERA to 3.46 with 25 strikeouts.
Fans were ecstatic to see how far the right-handed pitcher has come post Tommy John, but not all has been smooth sailing.
The truth came out and Bill Plunkett of the OC Register was the one to share it:
After the game, Roberts revealed that May’s start had been pushed back not just because of the off day Thursday or the insertion of Michael Grove as a sixth starter on Wednesday. May experienced some “arm soreness” after his start in San Diego last weekend and was given six days of rest before Friday’s start in San Francisco.
“He was pushed back because he just had a little soreness,” Roberts said. “We want to make sure we take care of him. Probably a little overly cautious.”
In his outing against the Norcal rival, he retired 14 of his 15 batters faced with 4 strikouts, 2 of which finished off Joey Bart and Gonzalez with 100-mph third strikes. He had no clue about his no-hitter at that point before Roberts pulled him after the fifth.
Roberts said before the game that May would top out at 75-80 pitches so to pull him just a few pitches shy of his expectated cap was not a big deal despite the no-hitter feat he had going. Roberts is just thankful to have May back after 16 months.
“From what I understand, the guys that come back from Tommy John the last thing that comes back is the command, the feel. Going through the process of rehab and now making five starts, he’s starting to find his way.”
After May’s last two outings against the Padres, things weren’t looking too good for the 25-year-old. Between both games, he allowed 10 runs off 9 hits and 9 errors going from a 0.82 ERA to 4.29 ERA before Friday’s game. But Roberts wasn’t worried. His most recent performance shutting down the Giants was a step in the right direction especially with postseason approaching.
Hopefully, this soreness is just a minor thing and Dustin May will be able to get in another start or two to shake off the rest of that post-surgery rust before the post-season commences.